Updated July 15, 2020 from Mesa County Public Health’s Outdoor Event Guidelines
Mesa County Public Health is closely monitoring key indicators for COVID-19 such as positivity rate and available hospital resources. In the event that these key indicators show an unusual spike, Mesa County Public Health may cancel all events without prior notification. This guidance could be updated at any time with additional details and information. It is the event coordinator’s responsibility to stay-up-to-date and to incorporate new guidelines as they are released. Failure to follow the guidelines set forth in this document will result in immediate event closure and may result in an increased risk of liability related to participants who contract COVID-19 at the event.
OUTDOOR EVENTS WITH HIGH PARTICIPANT MOVEMENT
This applies to any event or event area in which participants will be constantly moving.
- People from outside of the community pose a greater risk to Mesa County residents, especially those coming from areas where there is high incidence of disease. The event spectators must be limited to Western Colorado residents only; specifically, residents of
the following counties: Mesa, Montrose, Delta, Garfield, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Gunnison, Ouray, and Eagle.
- Pre-registration is required for all events. There must be a name, phone number, and county of residence for every individual registered to attend the event. Spectator registration will be allowed at the event. A list of participants must be sent to [email protected]
- Employees, contracted workers, and volunteers whose duties include close contact with members of the public must wear a non-medical cloth face covering over the nose and mouth. Vendors and vehicle owners will be required to wear a face covering.
- Spectators must wear non-medical cloth face coverings when physical distancing cannot be maintained within the facility, such as upon entrance to the event and at certain times while moving about the facility.
Cleaning and Hygiene:
- Encourage frequent hand washing through signage.
- High-touch areas must be sanitized hourly.
- Shared equipment must be disinfected after each use (e.g., radios, sales transaction devices, computers).
- Implement a health monitoring system to ensure employees, volunteers, and participants remove themselves if they have a cough or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, OR any two of the following fever (there should be a thermometer on hand), chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, a recent loss of taste or smell.
- Promote COVID-19 testing among your employees, volunteers, and participants so they get scheduled for sampling should they develop symptoms after the event. People can contact their health care provider or call 970-683-2300 to schedule an appointment.
- Design and manage the venue layout to promote social distancing at all times.
- Space between booths should be 6 feet.
- Create a single line of booths instead of double rows. If this is not possible, create at least a 16 feet thoroughfare between booths, allowing for a single file, directional flow of traffic.
- Use signs and other markings to promote social distancing anywhere a line may form.
- Use signs, ropes, cones, paint, and/or tape to define entrances, exits, and one-way flow of traffic.
- Use a reservation system or pre-sell tickets and designate times for people to come to the event, to eliminate large crowds at entrances.
- Have staff monitor customer entrance and exit at all times to ensure capacity limits are not exceeded.
- Place vendor layout and information at the entrance or in another easily accessible and visible location.
- Post signs at entrances encouraging participants to wear cloth face coverings, and asking them to exclude themselves if they are experiencing symptoms.
- Do not provide activities that encourage people to overcrowd or limit traffic-flow such as
demonstrations, children’s activities, etc.